Pakistan's PM Khan hits back after Trump's blame tirade

Pakistan's PM Khan hits back after Trump's blame tirade

The president doubled down on his criticism on Twitter on Monday, citing bin Laden and the Taliban resurgence in neighbouring Afghanistan as examples of how Pakistan would "take our money and do nothing for us".

In an interview with Fox News, Trump called Bill McRaven, O'Neill's former commander, "a Hillary Clinton backer and an Obama backer", in response to McRaven calling Trump's attacks on the press the greatest threat to democracy he'd seen in his lifetime. "We all wanted to get him as soon as we could", Robert O'Neill, the US Navy SEAL who killed bin Laden said on Twitter.

US President Donald Trump and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan have engaged in a bitter exchange over Afghanistan.

McRaven responded later Sunday with a statement to CNN, in which he said, "I did not back Hillary Clinton or anyone else".

Trump also has been criticised by his political opponents for not visiting either Afghanistan or Iraq in the first two years of his presidency.

That comment drew an immediate response from Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, who on November 19 said his country had suffered 75,000 casualties and lost billions of dollars during the US -led war in neighboring Afghanistan.

Khan noted that Pakistan has suffered 75,000 casualties since joining the "war on terror" and incurred economic losses of more than $123 billion.

Mr Khan highlighted the logistical support Pakistan provided the United States as it fought in Afghanistan before saying it had made Pakistan a "scapegoat" for its failures during the conflict, with the Afghan Taliban remaining stronger than at any point since the 2001 US-led invasion. U.S. "aid" was a minuscule $20 billion. "Because they don't do anything for us, they don't do a damn thing for us".

He also touted his administration's decision in September to cancel $300 million in military aid to Pakistan because it wasn't doing enough to root out terrorists.

This is the first time Pakistan has publicly admitted it had played a role in helping the USA locate and kill bin Laden in 2011 during a night helicopter raid on his hideout not far from the country's prime military training academy in Abbottabad. "We give Pakistan USD 1.3 billion a year..."

His statement, she said, "should be a lesson for those Pakistani leaders who kept appeasing the U.S. especially after 9/11".

It later arrested Dr Shakil Afridi, who had run a fake vaccination campaign in Abbottabad to help the Central Intelligence Agency confirm bin Laden's whereabouts. Former Pakistani defense minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar told an Indian TV network in 2015 that Pakistani leadership knew that bin Laden was in Pakistan all along.

Pakistan has widely been seen as harboring terrorists and being friendly to Islamist forces that sometimes clash with the United States in Afghanistan.

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